This project was a lot of fun. I wanted a knitting project to keep in my car, to knit on while at doctors appointments and other obligatory, time-consuming errands. Socks were the obvious choice, as they’re small and easy to pick up and put down. To keep it as easy as possible, I decided to knit vanilla socks, using my favorite sock recipe from Charlene Schurch’s Sensational Knitted Socks. I chose to knit with a skein of Gynx Yarns, which I’d had in my stash for a while.
The Yarn + Pattern
This Gynx Yarn caught my eye at a DFW Fiber Fest and I fell in love with it upon closer inspection. The reds, oranges, greens, and yellows were lovingly blended together and appropriately named Flower Garden.
Because I wanted to show off the brilliant colors in this skein, I chose to knit vanilla socks. And you all know my favorite vanilla pattern by now.
The only problem with having these socks minimally knitted on for long was that I made a very big mistake on one of them. I kind of forgot the heel turn. I was knitting along and finally realized something wasn’t right…. Wow. So, there are downsides to having projects take a long time.
Pattern: Basic Top Down with Heel Flap by Charlene Schurch
Yarn: Gynx Socks
Colorways: Flower Garden
Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)
Made for: me
Time to Completion: 8 months
I loved knitting on these socks so much that I almost made the leg too long for me. I don’t typically like a high leg! But these will be good for the winter months.
Besides making my stupid mistakes, these socks were fun to knit and the beautiful colors of the yarn kept me happy. Yes, color makes me happy! And this variegated yarn kept me guessing on what color would come next and I love that!
Since Gynx Yarns is no longer in business, I can’t order more of their gloriously colored skeins. But I have another skein in my stash that will make lovely socks. And I highly recommend this yarn. It’s beautiful and sturdy: perfect for socks!